Leukemia/Chemotherapy Side Effects/Depression Treatment
“My son began to see Steve Drugan for acupuncture when he was first diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at the age of 12. Our pediatrician knew of Steve and encouraged us to seek out his help. We wanted to be proactive in his care during 40 months of aggressive chemotherapy so that his body would be as strong as possible. We used acupuncture among other things to keep him fever free and reduce the risk of him developing a serious infection.
Steve quickly became one of our secret weapons in keeping Matt strong and balanced and as Matt’s medications changed Steve was ready to help us combat a new list of potential side effects. Matt’s discomfort with needles did not prevent him from receiving acupuncture weekly as Steve would use other methods like electrical stimulation and moxa to give him a treatment. He also taught me how to give Matt moxibustion treatments at home to give him more energy and keep his system balanced. This was crucial as it gave us a means of having some control over the side effects of his treatment.
When Matt’s medications led him toward depression the acupuncture was once again very helpful. Gradually I was able to receive treatments from Steve as well which has also been very beneficial as it is important for Mom to be healthy and balanced! My son is now a year off treatment and we both continue to receive acupuncture from Steve to help deal with some of the long term effects of his treatment. I highly recommend Steve Drugan to anyone of any age who is undergoing chemotherapy or who is working through any other type of chronic illness. You will find his approach very caring, gentle, effective and honest.”
-Jen, Yoga Instructor
Ankle Pain/De-Stress Treatment
“I had been suffering from left-sided, chronic ankle pain for over 6 years after a surgery that involved a bone graft. Hockey is my favorite activity and is important to me to play year round. Before treatment I was nearing the point where I had to miss games to recover. After only a few acupuncture sessions I was back to regular activity levels, so it was a great experience. I now play hockey twice per week and workout other days, so, without treatment, I would not be able to perform on that level.
Not only did it help my pain significantly, but the treatment was also a relaxing way to de-stress. Since I enjoy the treatment, I continue going for regular maintenance even after my original problem was solved. I would and do recommend this to others since I had a positive results. When people complain of pain or migraines, I suggest looking into acupuncture with Steve Drugan.”
-Shawn, 31, Designer
Knee & Shoulder Pain Treatment
“My name is Shirley, and I am 66 years old. I’ve been seeing Steve Drugan for about 4 1/2 years now for various pains that he has successfully helped me control. I came to him with severe knee pain (bone on bone) and for severe shoulder pain. After a few treatments, I am walking like a normal human being and I’m able to climb up and down stairs. My shoulder has not bothered me in years now.
I see Steve Drugan twice a month for maintenance on my knee. Thanks to Steve and acupuncture, I have been spared a painful knee replacement operation. I would recommend Steve at Acupuncture of Columbus to anyone who has muscle and nerve pains (including shingles) and many other afflictions. Not only do the treatments work, but acupuncture is affordable and covered by some insurances. As I’m getting older, pains come out of the blue. I feel so much better knowing I can go to Steve and be given help and relief. To me, acupuncture is an important part of continuing to have a quality life.”
Neck Pain Treatment
“I am an 81-year old woman dealing with severe degenerative disc disease in my neck. Because of this condition I have chronic pain in my neck and limited range of motion. Almost a year ago I decided to try acupuncture and Steve Drugan was recommended to me by someone whose opinion I value. From my first treatment I was ‘hooked.’ When the needles are in place, my body relaxes and I can feel energy start moving throughout my body. I feel totally removed from my surroundings.
At the end of every session I have a great sense of well-being and peace. This is what I like best. Steve has also done ‘cupping’ on me which produces more dramatic results. That, too, is a good experience. Over the last 9 months, my range of motion has improved and my pain lessened. I consider acupuncture a part of my life now – something I do for myself to maintain my active lifestyle. Plus Steve is a joy – he’s caring, dedicated and continually broadens my knowledge of Eastern Medicine.”
“I sought treatment for relief from pain caused by reactive arthritis and scoliosis. I enjoy the holistic approach to treating my pain. Rather than focusing on just one aspect of my health, Steve Drugan is concerned about all aspects of my wellness and how various challenges I face at any given time may be related.
I have experienced several other acupuncturists and Steve’s style and methods are highly effective. I find him to be gentle and very much in tune with my comfort. He is always attentive to my needs and makes adjustments to increase effectiveness, when necessary. He is an excellent listener and always takes the time to understand the challenges I face. I look forward to my visits and refer to them as my opportunity to “hit the restart button.” In other words, I feel like all of the tension and escalating pain I’m experiencing are “zeroed out” after a treatment. My body has the opportunity to relax and heal which allows me to continue on this path that has resulted in a significant improvement in my quality of life.
I highly recommend acupuncture as a treatment for conditions similar to mine that cause significant chronic pain. Since receiving acupuncture treatments, in combination with diet and lifestyle adjustments, my life has improved tremendously. I used to take increasing amounts of ibuprofen to manage my pain and now I rarely require even an aspirin. My overall quality of life has increased in ways I never thought possible.”
-Julie, 51, PhD Candidate
Muscle Fatigue/Joint Pain/Digestion/Fertility/Stress Treatment
“As someone in the business of caring for others, I know that my own self care needs to be a regular priority. For over six years, I have been working with Steve Drugan at Acupuncture of Columbus to help calm chronic aches and pains as well as address the acute stress associated with my work. I’m always amazed at how effective acupuncture is at treating a variety of issues.
Personally, acupuncture has helped me manage muscle fatigue, joint pain, digestion issues and, most recently, has aided in resolving fertility issues. What makes Steve the best acupuncturist in Central Ohio is not only his professionalism but also his ability to listen to all of my concerns and create a treatment plan tailored to my specific needs. He is a gifted healer who truly cares about my overall health and wellbeing. I highly recommend Steve at Acupuncture of Columbus to anyone looking for natural solutions to improve their overall health.”
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)/Anxiety/Migraines Treatment
“Prior to acupuncture I had tried every treatment out there: from endless doctor visits to holistic medicine with no results. Nothing was working and my symptoms were getting worse leaving me feeling hopeless and depressed. A close friend (who had been suffering with similar digestive issues to mine) recommended acupuncture with Steve Drugan, and it was my last resort. It didn’t happen immediately (it took over a month or so of weekly visits), but my symptoms became more manageable, and, with continuing treatments my condition improved dramatically.
Prior to treatments my social life would depend on my ailments. After treatments my life is back to normal. I feel great most of the time and don’t have to accommodate my life to IBS. I still have hiccups here and there with my symptoms, but I can honestly say that Steve gave me my life back. He is very easy and open to talk with. I never felt uncomfortable or embarrassed to tell him my health issues.
I can’t imagine going back to the discomfort I felt before acupuncture. I will continue to receive treatment not only to manage my IBS but for my overall physical and emotional well-being. I will always look forward to my treatment as it is the most relaxing part of my week. It is my hour to let go, meditate and relax. I fall into the deepest sleep within minutes of my treatment, and it is the best sleep I get all week.”
-Alina, 31, Designer
Immunity/Digestion/Repetitive-Use Injury Treatment
“I first came to Steve Drugan to help boost my immunity. Colds and flu the previous season were frequent, severe, and slow to recover from. I wanted to strengthen my immune system so I could fight off infections more quickly, before they became a problem. Over time I also sought treatment for digestive issues and muscle strain from a work-related repetitive stress injury.
Steve is a talented and compassionate practitioner. He creates a very comforting environment. He projects a calm demeanor, works to understand my issues, and discusses his treatments in a clear manner. I feel very at ease during treatments. My experiences with his treatments have been very positive. I find myself becoming sick much less frequently, even when my family members are fighting illness. When I do get colds, they are low-grade inconveniences, not full-blown affairs that knock me off my feet for several days. If I come in for a treatment while congested, the treatments offer immediate relief until my body is able to fight off infection.
I also dealt with a work-related repetitive stress injury in my right arm for several weeks. Steve’s acupuncture treatments provided immediate relief from pain, and his recommendations for caring for the injury at home undoubtedly made for a quicker recovery. After his treatments and resting the injury, I am completely pain free in my arm.
Acupuncture has improved my life by allowing me to be proactive about dealing with certain health issues. Rather than feeling that getting a cold was inevitable and waiting for my body to fight it off, acupuncture has helped me avoid them altogether and offer symptomatic relief when they do strike.”
-Joe, 34, Software Engineer
Chronic Migraines/Headaches Treatment
“My son, age 13, finally found help for his chronic headaches and migraines. Steve Drugan was fantastic with his gentle ways, gradually inducing confidence that acupuncture could work for him, ensuring a great overall experience.
Even though he was reluctant to try it, my son now admits that acupuncture is relatively painless. It helped to greatly reduce the frequency and intensity of his headaches. He states that it creates a relaxing sensation, which he really enjoys. In his own words ‘I just know it works!’ ”
Menopause/Night Sweats/Hot Flashes Treatment
“I was suffering from night sweats and hot flashes due to menopause. Acupuncture was recommended by a family member. Now, my symptoms are kept under control with monthly treatments. It is pain free, and I love not having to take any medications for treatment.”
-Chris, 55, Medical Biller
Back & Knee Pain Treatment
“I went to Steve Drugan because of knee and back pain. Even after the pain was gone, I kept going back because he has a needle for almost anything! His vast background in medicine and hospitals make him an extremely informative and interesting person. He is very friendly, a dedicated family man, and not intimidating or ‘pushy.’ He seems like an old friend rather than a doctor of acupuncture.”
-Pat, 79, Retired
Low-Energy/Fatigue/Fluid Metabolism/Hormone Balance Treatment
“Acupuncture of Columbus is a calm and professional setting. It is the most relaxing/renewing 40 min of the week! The treatments have facilitated a significant shift and improvement with the conditions we focus on. Steve Drugan is both a great listener and educator. I want to understand and be actively engaged in selecting and participating in care that supports balance for my mind, body, and spirit. Steve is a trusted guide and partner in cultivating holistic, balanced healing conditions for his patients. I would absolutely recommend his treatments to others! Acupuncture has improved my life and increased my energy as well as my general body ‘balance.’ And, if that gets unregulated as my environment or stress levels fluctuate, it helps me to recalibrate. It has also been helpful with more acute conditions (hip/back pain, support of immune system at onset of a cold by reducing the severity or symptoms).”
– Susan, 45, Bank Executive
“My husband and I were thankful that getting pregnant with our first child came with no challenges. So when we tried to get pregnant a second time we were surprised by the difficulties we faced. After trying to conceive for a year with no success we began to explore options with my doctor, which was mainly to try clomid to regulate my cycles. Personally, taking clomid felt very forced and I did not feel comfortable with this option as I did not have a clear answer as to why my cycles were so irregular. A few months later we did seek the advice of a fertility specialist and went through testing, but ultimately we were back on a path of medication. While I really wanted a second child, I also wanted to find a more natural way to get my body back to functioning normal. Out of the fear of the unknown I almost pulled a no-show for my first acupuncture appointment, but fourteen months later and about to have our second daughter I am sure glad I gave acupuncture a chance, because it changed everything!
Once I began my acupuncture treatments I was committed. Fairly quickly I could see tangible results as my cycles began to shorten and regulate with every month, which made trying to get pregnant much easier. Acupuncture allowed for a slower, more natural return to normal for my body rather than a quick fix from a drug. My body had been out of sync for several years so I knew I needed to be patient. Within seven months I had gotten a positive pregnancy test. Trying to having a baby can be a very stressful. While we focused treatment on hormonal issues, we also could target my anxiety. I felt calm and relaxed which I know was helpful in allowing my husband and I to conceive.
As Steve says “acupuncture is a great tool” and I could not agree more, but I also think your acupuncturist is an important factor in your treatment. Steve is so knowledgeable that he puts your nerves at ease. Instead of being given a prescription and sent on my way, I felt supported. It was nice to have someone understand my desire to get pregnant through more natural means and my hesitation to taking fertility drugs. It was easy to build a trusting relationship with Steve so that I could be open and honest and receive the best care. Throughout my pregnancy I have continued my treatments on a regular basis and I am very appreciative to have been so well taken care of from my nausea, aches and pains and anxiety. My husband and I are very grateful for our ‘acupuncture baby’ .”